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bloke (plural blokes)

  1. (Australia) An exemplar of a sure masculine, impartial male archetype.
    • 2000 Could 5, Belinda Luscombe, “Cinema: Of Mad Max and Madder Maximus”, in Time[1], New York, N.Y.: Time Warner Publishing, ISSN 0928-8430, OCLC 749127914, archived from the unique on 27 November 2010:

      ‘The Bloke’ is a sure type of Australian or New Zealand male. […] The Basic Bloke isn’t a voluble beast. His speech patterns are greatest described as rare however colourful. […] The Bloke is pragmatic relatively than stylish. […] Most of all, the Bloke doesn’t bitch.

    • 2012, Ben Pobjie, “Bloke’s Blokes”, in The Guide of Bloke, Sydney, N.S.W.: Pan Macmillan, →ISBN:

      Sturdy, bronzed, enticing, and, above all, extremely Australian, Bloke’s Blokes bestride the world like colossi, much less males than residing gods, stepping from the pages of mythology into our hearts, and guiding us like mighty beacons upon the best and correct path of Blokedom.

    • 2019, Charles Staunton, “Cop this Bloke”, in The Good Bloke: An Unbelievable True Story, Sydney, N.S.W.: Pan Macmillan Australia, →ISBN:

      My identify is Charlie Staunton. I am a bloke. […] In Australia, a bloke is the masculine archetype, related to the nation’s nationwide id. […] And when you’re a great bloke, you may perceive what sportsmanship, and life, ought to be about. A way of honest play. For me, it is not a prerequisite to be a law-abiding citizen to be a great bloke. It is about social qualities. It is about being dependable, reliable, loyal and true to your beliefs.

  2. (Australia, Britain, New Zealand, casual) A person who behaves in a very laddish or overtly heterosexual method.
    • 1996, Nick Earls, chapter 31, in After January (UQP Younger Grownup Fiction), St. Lucia, Qld.: College of Queensland Press, printed 2006, →ISBN, web page 127:

      Even now he is like this bizarre man who comes into my life often and asks me bloke questions. Sport, ladies, your future. Even superannuation. As soon as he even began telling me how essential superannuation was. What a dickhead.

    • 1999, Malcolm MacLean, “Of Warriors and Blokes: The Downside of Maori Rugby for Pakeha Masculinity in New Zealand”, in Timothy J[ohn] L[indsay] Chandler and John Nauright, editors, Making the Rugby World: Race, Gender, Commerce (Sport within the World Society; no. 10), London; Portland, Or.: Frank Cass, printed 2005, →ISBN, web page 2:

      […] Pakeha, and colonial, masculinity is located in a homosocial setting. This homosociality is each gendered and ethnicized. The kiwi bloke is a Pakeha working man, at residence on the soccer discipline, within the sands of North Africa, on the pub (however within the public bar). He’s a loner, laborious, resolute, tall, robust however comradely and helps different males of their toils.

    • 2004, Mickey Elias; Ed Seeker, “Jack-off Buddies”, in Males Communicate the Unspeakable, London: Michael Elias Networks, →ISBN, web page 62:

      [H]e is a ‘blokes bloke’. A correct bloke, relatively than one thing female or clearly dysfunctional.

    • 2001, Rita Golden Gelman, “New Zealand through Bali”, in Tales of a Feminine Nomad: Dwelling at Giant within the World, 1st paperback version, New York, N.Y.: Three Rivers Press, →ISBN, web page 273:

      One week I ask everybody I meet what defines a “bloke.” A number of the solutions are: Blokes drink beer, not wine. They put on black wool singlets (sleeveless shirts) and darkish inexperienced shirt-jackets, gum boots, and rugby jerseys with sleeves minimize off. They eat stews made with carrots and onions and potatoes and dumplings.

    • 2012, Sue Abel, “Postfeminism Meets Hegemonic Masculinities: Younger Individuals Learn the ‘Understanding Wink’ in Promoting”, in Karen Ross, editor, The Handbook of Gender, Intercourse, and Media (Handbooks in Communication and Media), paperback version, Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, printed 2014, →ISBN, half III (Queering the Pitch), web page 405:

      It [a television advertisement] opens with a younger man lounging on a settee watching tv. The tv soundtrack suggests he’s watching sport (in fact). He wears the usual checked shirt of the Kiwi bloke over a T-shirt and denims, his hair is longish and unkempt, and he’s typically a bit scruffy.

    • 2012, Jim O’Connor, “Good Cooking”, in The Bloke’s Information to Good Cooking: And The right way to Impress Girls, [Bloomington, Ind.]: Xlibris, printed 29 September 2018, →ISBN, web page 22:

      Now we do not need you considering I am somebody who is not a chef pretending to be a chef. That’ll simply finish in a practice wreck. No, we wish you to belief your bloke DNA and begin considering the way in which a bloke naturally thinks, and that is sort of a bloke!

    • 2014, Jessica Jean Keppel, “Masculinities and Psychological Well being: Geographies of Hope ‘Down Underneath’”, in Andrew Gorman-Murray and Peter Hopkins, editors, Masculinities and Place (Gender, Area and Society), Farnham, Surrey; Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate Publishing, →ISBN, web page 367:

      The ‘kiwi bloke’ is commonly represented as a stubbie-wearing, beer-drinking, sheep-shearing, ‘do-it-yourself’ heteronormative masculinity […] This hypermasculinisation is well-recognised in New Zealand tradition. The ‘kiwi bloke’ is well known by the nation which leaves little room for the emergence and acceptance of different gender identities […].

  3. (Britain, casual) A fellow, a person; particularly an unusual man, a person on the road. [From 1847]
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:man
    Antonym: blokess (Britain, casual)
    • 1847, George W[illiam] M[acArthur] Reynolds, “Outdated Dying”, in The Mysteries of London, quantity III (quantity I, Second Collection), London: G. Vickers, [], OCLC 6338680, web page 66, column 1:

      He accordingly opened it [a letter], and browse as follows:– / “Tim placed on the tats yesterday and went out a durry-nakin on the shadows, gadding a hoof. He buzzed a bloak and a shakester of a yack and a pores and skin. […”] [W]e will lay earlier than our readers a translation of the slang doc:– / “Tim dressed himself in rags yesterday, and went out disguised as a beggar half-naked and with out footwear or stockings. He robbed a gentleman and a woman of a watch and a handbag. […”]

    • 1892, John Pennington Marsden, “A Skilled Secret”, in Job Lot: Sketches and Tales, Philadelphia, Pa.: Hallowell & Co., [], OCLC 6238593, web page 177:

      Now I inform yer straight, I do not name it sq. for 2 huge bloaks like us to sort out [i.e., steal from] one poor girl, and she or he a widder, and p’raps as ‘ard up as us; it is not English.

    • 1923, D[avid] H[erbert] Lawrence, “Torestin”, in Kangaroo, London: Martin Secker [], OCLC 5175814, web page 1:

      Half-sheepishly, the mechanic had eased spherical to nudge his mate to look additionally on the comical-looking bloke. And the bloke caught them each. They wiped the grin off their faces. As a result of the little bloke checked out them fairly straight, so observant, and so detached.

    • 1939 June, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter IX, in Coming Up for Air, London: Martin Secker & Warburg, printed 1948 (April 1959 printing), OCLC 716991127, half II, web page 132:

      No use, with a bloke like this, cracking up your personal deserves. Keep on with the reality.

    • 1995, Nick Hornby, “Sarah Kendrew (1984–1986)”, in Excessive Constancy, 1st commerce paperback version, New York, N.Y.: Riverhead Books, printed August 1996, →ISBN, pages 28–29:

      [L]ots of blokes have impeccable music style however do not learn, a number of blokes learn however are actually fats, a number of blokes are sympathetic to feminism however have silly beards, a number of blokes have a Woody Allen humorousness however appear like Woody Allen. Numerous blokes drink an excessive amount of, a number of blokes behave stupidly after they drive automobiles, a number of blokes get into fights, or showcase about cash, or take medication. I do not do any of these items, actually; if I do OK with girls, it is not due to the virtues I’ve, however due to the shadows I haven’t got.
    • 2000, Liz Younger [i.e., Elizabeth Young], chapter 1, in Asking for Hassle, London: Arrow Books, Random Home, printed 2004, →ISBN, web page 16:

      As her present bloke was turning out higher than anticipated, I did not see a lot of her currently.

    • 2003, Stuart Maconie, “Hocus Pocus”, in Cider with Roadies, London: Ebury Press, →ISBN, web page 43:

      It was a live performance of some kind. 5 or so blokes had been on stage in a TV studio; […] The blokes did not appear like any pop group as I knew them. They had been multiracial, knotted of forehead, their garb was distinctive, involving loads of what I later discovered to be cheesecloth and kaftans together with ripped, light jeans.

  4. (Britain, naval slang) (A decrease deck time period for) the captain or government officer of a warship, particularly one considered powerful on self-discipline and punishment.
    • 1989, Rick Jolly; Trugg Willson, Jackspeak: The Pusser’s Rum: Information to Royal Navy Slanguage [], Torpoint, Cornwall: Palamanando Publ., →ISBN:

      A second inexperienced chit and then you definitely get your hat for a chat with the bloke.

  5. (mainly Quebec, colloquial) An anglophone (English-speaking) man.
    • 2017, Dany Fougères; Valérie Shaffer, “An Undivided Island: Domination on the Daybreak of a New Period”, in Dany Fougères and Roderick MacLeod, editors, Montreal: The Historical past of a North American Metropolis, quantity I, Montreal, Que.; Kingston, Ont.: McGill–Queen’s College Press, →ISBN, half 2 (Formation of a Area and Beginning of a Metropolis: 1796–1930), web page 465:

      [A]n group known as “Bloke Quebecois” (“bloke” being a French slang time period for Anglophone in addition to a reference to the newly fashioned federal political celebration, the Bloc Québécois) offered T-shirts that sported the phrase “It is Hip to be Sq.” (derived from the favored time period for an Anglophone, “tête-carrée” or “sq. head”) and an indication with “401” crossed out. The implication was that hitting the 401 was not an choice; Anglophones had been right here to remain – and to contribute.

    • 2017, Jeffery Vacante, “Battle and Manhood”, in Nationwide Manhood and the Creation of Trendy Quebec, Vancouver, B.C.; Toronto, Ont.: UBC Press, →ISBN, web page 107:

      One cartoon from the interval depicted a muscular French Canadian employee being changed by an effeminate trying English Canadian man on the job. The caption warned, “Once we are gone their blokes will come to take our place, to take our properties, and to take our girls.”

    • 2020 Could, Walter Manuel, “A New Language Research (Franglais)”, in The Child with the Damaged Glasses: A Memoir of Dissolving Innocence, [Canada; U.S.A.]: Walter Manuel, →ISBN:

      Attempt as I’d, my damaged French isn’t passing muster. […] I’m additionally known as a bloke, or, when the scholars are pissed at me, maudit bloke or rattling bloke, or a tête carrée, which suggests sq. head.

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  • (Australia, New Zealand): sheila

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  1. ^ “bloke” in Douglas Harper, On-line Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2021.
  2. ^ MacBain, Alexander; Mackay, Eneas (1911) , “bloke”, in An Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language, Stirling, →ISBN, web page ploc
  3. ^ “bloke, n.”, in OED On-line Paid subscription required, Oxford: Oxford College Press, 1887; “bloke, n.”, in Lexico,; Oxford College Press, 2019–current.

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Borrowed from Spanish bloque, from French bloc, from Center French bloc (a substantial piece of one thing heavy, block), from Outdated French bloc (log, block), from Center Dutch blok (treetrunk), from Outdated Saxon *blok (log), from Proto-Germanic *blukką (beam, log), from Proto-Indo-European *bhulg’-, from *bhelg’- (thick plank, beam, pile, prop).


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  1. A block; a considerable, typically roughly cuboid, piece of any substance.

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